I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.
The Mark Wahlberg T4 rumor is just a rumor.
Mark and I are talking about another film project.
PLANO, Texas, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In one of the most highly anticipated Super Bowl announcements of the year, Doritos — one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division — today revealed the details for this year’s Crash the Super Bowl contest. Following six previous contests, $5 million in prize money awarded and three No. 1 USA TODAY Ad Meter rankings, the Doritos brand is doing the unthinkable for the seventh anniversary of the program — raising the stakes higher than ever before. In a message direct to fans via webcast yesterday evening, acclaimed Hollywood film director Michael Bay and the Doritos brand announced the biggest, boldest contest grand prize to date: an opportunity to work with Bay on the next installment of the “Transformers” movie franchise, along with a shot at a $1 million bonus. From Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, the next installment in the hit series will be released on June 27, 2014. The webcast is now archived on the Doritos Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/DoritosUSA) — the main hub of this year’s contest.
As one of Hollywood’s boldest and most bankable feature film directors, Bay’s repertoire includes such blockbuster hits as the “Transformers” franchise, “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys” and “The Rock.” Bay’s films combined have grossed $5.4 billion in worldwide ticket sales, and his most recent hit, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” ranks as the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, earning $1.2 billion at the box office. Bay began his career as a creative force in the advertising world, winning many of the industry’s top accolades, including being honored as “Commercial Director of the Year” by the Directors Guild of America at the young age of 27.
“Having started my career in the advertising business, creating television spots and trying to make a name for myself, I can definitely relate to those who enter the Crash the Super Bowl contest,” said Bay, who began directing commercials and music videos one week out of film school in 1989. “I know firsthand how challenging it can be to succeed in such a competitive industry, so I’m excited to help someone else truly make a name of their own.”
As in previous years, the Crash the Super Bowl contest invites consumers to create homemade ads for the Doritos brand, with two finalist consumer-created spots ultimately airing during the Super Bowl broadcast. One of those ads will be selected by America’s votes; the other by the Doritos brand team. The finalist whose ad scores highest on the USA TODAY Ad Meter rankings will be awarded the grand prize-career opportunity working with Bay. In addition, if a consumer-generated Doritos ad scores No. 1 on the USA TODAY Ad Meter, the Doritos brand will award its creator a $1 million bonus. The Super Bowl XLVII broadcast is set for Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, on CBS.
“Over the past six years, our fans have created thousands of Doritos ads, dominating the USA TODAY Ad Meter year after year and making Doritos the brand to watch on Super Bowl Sunday,” said Ram Krishnan, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “Every year, our fans deliver for us, so this year we’re bringing them a contest grand prize that we know will be a true game changer. The opportunity to work on a blockbuster film like ‘Transformers 4′ is an experience we know will help catapult our lucky winner to the big time.”
For the first time in Crash the Super Bowl history, the contest will be run from a Crash the Super Bowl-branded app on the Doritos Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/DoritosUSA). There, participants can upload their :30 homemade commercials from Oct. 8, 2012 to Nov. 16, 2012, but the app is designed to engage and socialize with consumers in a much broader way than ever before. New to this year’s contest, the app will feature a “Pitch In” collaboration tool that allows fans from all walks of life to interact with each other and assist with the creation of Crash the Super Bowl entries by requesting or offering up props, talent and other items contestants need to create their potentially winning ads. Now, anyone from any background can play a role in the creation of the next great Doritos masterpiece. The app will also house the traditional toolbox where Doritos logos, product shots, music and animations are available for download and use, as well as the gallery of all contest submissions where fans can view submissions and weigh in on their personal favorites.
Five finalist ads will be announced in January 2013. Then it will be up to fans to vote for their favorite consumer-created ad. Each of the five finalists will win $25,000 and a trip to New Orleans to attend Super Bowl XLVII in a private luxury suite at the game, where they will tune in to learn for the first time which consumer ads will compete for the top spot in the USA TODAY Ad Meter before a worldwide audience. Bonus prizing will be awarded, based on how each ad ranks on the USA TODAY Ad Meter:
- $1 million will be awarded for an ad that scores the No. 1 spot on the USA TODAY Ad Meter
- $600,000 will be awarded for an ad that scores the No. 2 two spot on the USA TODAY Ad Meter
- $400,000 will be awarded for an ad that scores the No. 3 spot on the USA TODAY Ad Meter
Created in 1989, USA TODAY’s Ad Meter has been regarded as the most influential Super Bowl ad rating in the advertising industry. USA TODAY Ad Meter does not sponsor and is not affiliated with the contest.
Welcome to the new and improved Michael Bay Dot Com!
As you can see there have been some cosmetic and structural changes.
A little bit of backstory from my end. For the past six years or so the web site was maintain using Rapidweaver—which was so awesome—but after a while, this site grew too big. Updates where taking a bit longer than usual due the fact that each time there was some sort of a change—and depending which kind of change—it would sometimes take up to ten minutes to update the entire web site. Even though there are thousand of files, it might not seem much, but it’s an eternity in web site maintenance. The site is now based and structured on Word Press.
What this all means for you:
- Faster loading pages
- Integrated search mechanism for searching on Michael Bay Dot Com
- Multiple language support (just scroll top the bottom lower left of the page and select you language)
- Responsive-width layout optimized for viewing on your iPhone, Ipad, and other smart phone/tablets
- Integrated social media buttons so you can share pages, pic, videos, and news on sites like FaceBook, Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Tumblr, & Reddit
In the next couple of days we’ll be adding more to the web site. Questions, feedback or comments, please visit our forums.
Thank you for your patience.
It’s a little strange to listen to Michael Bay complain about how difficult it was to get his next feature film, “Pain & Gain,” financed and produced. Especially when you consider that Bay’s last three films — all installments in the “Transformers” franchise — have earned more than $2.7 billion worldwide. Oh, and that the budget for “Pain and Gain” — starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two Miami bodybuilders who become involved in a kidnapping plot that’s much too bizarre to sum up in a few words — is only $25 million. Again, remember, this is Michael Bay we’re talking about. No matter what you think of his movies, you can’t deny that they make heaps of money.
I won’t lie: Bay is making the rounds to promote not a movie but a corn-chip contest. For the last few years, Doritos has run a contest giving aspiring filmmakers the chance to direct the company’s Super Bowl ad. This year, as an added bonus, the winner will also get to “work with” Bay on “Transformers 4.” Bay admits that it’s unclear what kind of “work” this person will do, but he promises it won’t be too menial. Ahead, Bay explains why he wants to work on “Transformers 4″ after so adamantly declaring that “Dark of the Moon” would be his last chapter. He also confirms that the series will pick up where the last one left off in Chicago — with Peter Cullen back as the voice of Optimus Prime — and describes just how hard it is for even a multi-billion-dollar director to get a $25 million dollar movie off the ground these days.